Sunday, May 25, 2014

Giro d'Italia Stage 14: Climbing Up the GC

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) saw an excellent opportunity when Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R) went on the attack with less than five kilometers to go to the finish atop Oropa.  They both sensed that Rigoberto Uran (OPQS) was having a less than perfect day, so they went on the offensive in hopes of gaining time on Uran and their other GC rivals.  Quintana has had a rough Giro himself, battling a cold that has impaired his breathing, a serious thing when your skill set is going up big mountains fast.  He was on a mission to gain back lost time from the Time Trial, and he and Pozzovivo achieved their main objective, along with the other two main contenders, Cadel Evans (BMC) and Rafal Majka (Tinkoff Saxo).  Although the gains were not huge, there are still seven more stages to race, six of them in the mountains.  This is an original watercolor and ink painting that is available for purchase through my artist website at  For this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  This 4"x6" painting is only $50 USD!'Italia%202014/2369378---198213/Painting.html#.U4GRh8_D_IU